By now, we all know that eating a lot of sugar in your diet is definitely not good for weight loss and can actually contribute to weight gain, even in a diet composed of “healthy” foods. We know that a lot of food manufacturers will put labels like “no sugar added” or “sugar-free” when their products have sugar substitutes that are just as bad for you if not worse than regular sugar. So how can you really cut down your sugar intake and eat an honestly healthier diet? Follow these simple tips.
Learn the Lingo
First, you’ll want to know how sugar gets masqueraded in different foods, even “sugar-free” foods. Read the labels on everything you buy and look for these names for sugar and sugar substitutes that you want to avoid:
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Corn syrup
- Corn sweetener
- Malt sugar
- Fruit juice concentrates
- Invert sugar
If you see any of these ingredients in the label, you’re looking at a food with sugar in it, and the higher the ingredient is in the ingredients list, the more of it there is. In other words, if you see one of these at the very end of an ingredients list, there’s probably not very much of it, but in most cases it’ll be the first or second item on the list, which means you’re about to overdose on sugar if you even have one serving.
Eat Fresh, Whole Foods
Fruits and vegetables do have naturally occurring sugars in them, but they don’t affect the body the way that added sugars do. You can avoid consuming a lot of added sugar if you just stick to fresh, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. This is also a great way to simplify your diet and eat more nutrient-rich foods, too.
Slowly Wean Yourself Off of Sugar
Finally, if you put sugar in your coffee or tea, or if you bake or cook with sugar, try to slowly add less and less sugar. Before you know it, you’ll be drinking your coffee without any sugar and you won’t even miss it. And your dinner and dessert recipes will have fewer calories and will still taste great to you.
Breaking the sugar habit isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it. Plus, as you get leaner, you’ll have an excuse to buy more fun athleisure wear from us at 2ToneFit.